2023 Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year Finalists

Award recipients will be recognized at the PLANADVISER Industry Leader Awards in New York City.

Announcing the 2023 Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year Finalists

The awards are being issued in six categories, representing excellence in:

  • Plan Sponsor Service
  • Plan Participant Service
  • Mentorship
  • Closing the Coverage Gap
  • Efforts in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Community Impact and Giving Back

Nominations for the first two categories came from plan sponsor clients only, while adviser partners across the industry—including recordkeepers, asset managers, advisers, product providers and more—were able to submit nominations in the other four. As in past years, self-nominations were prohibited.

Finalists will be recognized, and winners announced at the PLANADVISER Industry Leader Awards dinner on May 10 in New York City. The finalists are:

Plan Sponsor Service

  • Ken Catanella and The Catanella Institutional Consulting Team, UBS (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Cliff Dunteman and Francis Investment Counsel, LLC (Brookfield, Wisconsin)
  • Bruce Lanser at UBS (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • Robert Massa and Qualified Plan Advisors (Houston, Texas)
  • Loraine Montanye and DBR & CO. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Leah Sylvester and Shepherd Financial (Carmel, Indiana)

Plan Participant Service

  • 401(k) Plan Professionals (Edina, Minnesota)
  • Sean Bjork, Bjork Asset Management, Inc. (Northbrook, Illinois)
  • Daniel Carlson, Farther Finance (Kiel, Wisconsin)
  • Global Institutional Advisory Solutions, Graystone Consulting (Morgan Stanley), (New York, New York)
  • Philip Sherman, Deschutes Investment Consulting (Portland, Oregon)


  • Finspire, LLC (Schaumburg, Illinois)
  • Rehmann Financial (Troy, Michigan)
  • David Reiniger, Reiniger and Associates, LLC (Westerville, Ohio)
  • Jeffrey Sharp, HUB Investment Advisors, Inc. (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • Strategic Retirement Partners (Shorewood, Illinois)

Closing the Coverage Gap

  • Kim Cochrane, HUB International (Rockville, Maryland)
  • CSi Advisory Services, a division of HUB International (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Austin Gwilliam, HUB International (San Clemente, California)
  • Anthony Powers, KerberRose Retirement Plan Services (Shawano, Wisconsin)
  • Steven Scott, RSG Advisory (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)

Efforts in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

  • Compass Financial Partners, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • Jake Daly, Newfront Retirement Services (San Francisco, California)
  • Apryl Pope, Retirement Plan Partners (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Marilyn Suey, The Diamond Group Wealth Advisors (San Ramon, California)

Community Impact and Giving Back

  • Michael Devlin, BCG Pension Risk Consultants (Braintree, Massachusetts)
  • Domenic DiPiero, Newport Capital Group (Red Bank, New Jersey)
  • Patrick Fay, HUB Investment Advisors, Inc. (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • Derek Fiorenza, Summit Group Retirement Planners, Inc. (Exton, Pennsylvania)
  • William Peragine, HUB International Retirement & Private Wealth (Woodbury, New York)

For PLANADVISER Industry Leader Awards sponsorship information, please contact Rob Reif. For general information, contact Carol Popkins.